Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad is an invitational exhibition that highlights a selection of work from the past four World Champion Belt Buckle competitions (WCBBC), with the most recent WCBBC juried by artists Bryan Petersen and Nash Quinn in 2016.
Quadrennial, curated by Bryan Petersen, will feature 39 artists in the craft field of metalsmithing and highlights works in a variety of forms and techniques, including 3-D printing, lapidary, plastics, fused glass on metal, exotic materials, and more. The artists featured in the exhibit comment on narrative themes, gender issues, politics, technology, religion, mythology, and mortality, among many other themes. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Exhibiting artists: Philip Ambrose, Jason Baide, Alison Bailey, Daria Balabukha, Dale Beaver, Keith Belles, Jesse Bert, Harlan Butt, Matthew Cot, Laurel Fulton, Daniel Icaza, Benjamin Hamilton Isaiah, Danielle James, John Joyce, Kristi Kloss, Anna Kopinska, Joanne Lang, Maia Leppo, Jera Lodge, Ana Lopez, Dani Manning, Becky McDonah, Tom Muir, Tamar Navama, Greg Orloff, Emily Pellini, RT Peters, Marissa Saneholtz, Jason Stein, David Tisdale, Mark Thone, James Thurman, Umut Demirgüç Thurman, Jessica Todd, Christine Tyler, Nash Quinn, and Jennifer Wells.
Established in 2012, the WCBBC honors the history of art and the chronicle of title belts by inviting artists to conceive of their own narrative. Each year, more than 60 finalists’ works are on display at the championship’s virtual online gallery for a twelve-month period. Competition participants are from across the globe.